Natalie Jablonski

Community Features Editor

Natalie came to the station in 2013.  She moved to the Northwoods from Providence, Rhode Island where she worked at Rhode Island Public Radio.  She studied Environmental Studies at Brown University, and learned radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. 

As Community Features Editor, Natalie spends time reporting, interviewing, and working with volunteer contributors.  She also hosts All Things Considered on Friday afternoons. 

When she's not rushing to and from an interview, she enjoys cooking, eating, playing music, and skiing to survive the winter.

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Opens Door to Spring Rule Changes
4:38 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Scope Statement Gives DNR More Flexibility Setting Walleye Limits

Wisconsin DNR is looking for a way to manage angler take of walleye, without reducing bag limits down to one.
Credit Eric Engbretson / US Fish and Wildlife Service

Wisconsin’s Natural Resources Board has again laid the groundwork for giving more flexibility to the DNR, when it set bag limits for walleye later this spring.

The agency adjusts harvest regulations on northern lakes in the ceded territory, after the state’s Chippewa tribes declare how many fish they plan to harvest. 

As Fisheries Management Section Chief Steve Hewett explains, a scope statement passed Wednesday means DNR could later decide to use size limits or season restrictions to help control angler walleye harvest.    

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Cutting State Funding
4:33 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

Democratic Senator Bewley Says Walker's UW Plan Burdens Students

Democrats are blasting Republican Governor Scott Walker’s plan for cutting the UW system’s funding, while adding flexibility down the road.

Walker wants to reduce state funding for the university system by 13 percent over the next two years.  UW would be allowed to raise tuition without state approval, but not until 2017. 

Democratic Senator Janet Bewley of northern Wisconsin’s 29th District says that will ultimately hurt students. 

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School choice means more dollars for some
4:28 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Open Enrollment Period Approaches

Open enrollment begins next week for public schools in Wisconsin, meaning students can apply to go to school in a district other than the one they live within. 

Districts hope for higher enrollment, which brings more state dollars. 

Rhinelander Schools typically see more kids enroll out than come into the district.

But Superintendent Kelli Jacobi says the district does significant outreach about what enrollment can offer.

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Potential Compromise Solution
3:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Animal Welfare Groups Push for Lesser 'Threatened' Status for Gray Wolf

Gray wolves are back on the endangered species list in most U.S. states.
Credit ifaw.org

A coalition of animal rights groups is pushing to downgrade federal protections for the gray wolf, hoping to compromise with opponents who want to remove protections altogether.

The groups are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the gray wolf as threatened rather than endangered.   

Wolves are currently endangered in Wisconsin and Michigan, thanks to a court ruling in late December that put the wolf back under federal protection. 

But some members of Congress are pushing to change that status through legislation.    

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Thousands Affected Friday
11:30 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Outages Resolved in Gogebic County

Authorities still aren’t sure what caused a power outage in Gogebic County, Michigan, that left almost 3000 residents without electricity. 

The outage happened at about 6 pm on Friday, affecting the entire city of Wakefield as well as Bessemer and nearby areas.   

As Gogebic County Emergency Manager James Loper describes, two warming shelters were set up in response to the outages. 

“One in Bessmer for Friday night, and then we opened the municipal building in Wakefield. We had approximately 35-40 people take advantage to warm up, get something to eat.” 

Arts & Life
6:24 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Atelier Book Bindery: Care and Concern Throughout

The Northwoods is full of experts and artists you might not expect to find in a rural area. If you drive along the right road in Arbor Vitae, you might find yourself in a fine book bindery called Atelier. 

Florian Bieschke’s workshop, like book binding itself, is a collection of small and precise details. 

“This is the bindery, as small as it is," he says.  "We heat it by just getting more people in – five or six people and we can turn the heaters off!”

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Twenty Countries Compete
6:12 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Paralympic Nordic Ski World Championships Open in Cable, WI

Opening ceremonies are taking place Friday night for the Paralympic Nordic Ski World Championships in Cable, Wisconsin. 

Events include sprint and distance cross country ski races, and biathlon that combines skiing and target shooting. 

Event support chief and Cable Chamber of Commerce Director James Bolen is expecting thousands of spectators this weekend. 

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Club Awaits Rental Equipment
3:59 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Mechanical Problems Mean Rugged Conditions on Eagle River Snowmobile Trails

Snowmobile trails have been in rough shape in the Eagle River area this week, due to mechanical groomer issues.
Credit Manfred Werner

Eagle River snowmobile trails are in rough condition this week, thanks to mechanical issues with grooming equipment.

The Sno-Eagles Club says all three of its trail groomers are down for the count and being repaired.

Spokesperson Holly Tomlanovich says trails haven’t been groomed in several days and conditions have deteriorated. 

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Natural Resources Board Set to Act in February
2:53 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

DNR Holds Public Hearings On Permanent Deer Management Changes

The Deer Trustee Report has already resulted in a series of changes including the creation of County Deer Advisory Councils.
Credit Michele Woodford / Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

County deer advisory councils will have more flexibility this year, if a permanent rule for changes to the state’s deer management plan goes forward.

Changes thanks to the Deer Trustee Report took effect last season temporarily, and the state Natural Resources Board must act to make them permanent.  

DNR Wildlife Regulation Policy specialist Scott Loomans says continuation of the plan will expand options for County Deer Advisory Councils. 

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Building Ownership Paves Way for Permanent Changes
4:30 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

LOLA Plans Renovations to Classroom, New Building

Land O'Lakes Area Artisans says its classes drew 500 people last year.
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/averagejane/7624350518/sizes/m/

An arts organization in Land O’Lakes is planning some renovations.

After purchasing the building it’s been housed in, Land O Lakes Area Artisans or LOLA is revamping its classroom space, called the Sandra Hardy Brown Classroom.

Spokesperson Beth Brown Anderson explains that classroom was formerly a coffee shop, so their first project is to renovate it this spring to be more flexible. 

“So we are opening it up, and we are putting in storage and lighting.  So that it can do everything from cooking classes to watercolor, to you name it.” 

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